Friday, August 03, 2007
Planning – time to protest before it’s all too late…..
The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) – along with other protectors of the English landscape have launched a campaign to halt the cheap-trick New Labour planning proposals from becoming law in England.
Can I please ask everyone, if you value the English countryside, if you value the right of local people to question planning issues in their area to support the campaign and register your protest.
Campaign background from the Planning Disaster coalition website:
’CPRE is part of a coalition of civic and environmental organisations – with over 5 million members. We are opposed to the Government’s planning reforms, which threaten to make a mockery of local democracy, stripping away your right to participate in major decisions about your area and threaten valuable landscapes, habitats, historic environments and local character.
The urgency for this campaign has been heightened by the Government’s announcement on 11 July of a Planning Reform Bill to be introduced in Parliament later this year’.
Read the latest coalition news and take action by visiting the Planning Disaster website:
Remember, if this bill is passed in its current form it will mean decisions about the siting of new Nuclear Power Stations, incinerators, huge housing estates and new towns in England will be decided by Government. Local consultation will not be asked for, local protests will not be tolerated – the Government will simply cite the supposed greater needs of the majority as justification.
As a BBC reporter said last week, "Once the English countryside is gone, it’s gone!"…..